Don’t you just love it when automakers come out with their “all-new” models? I mean, it’s like Christmas Eve and you’re gazing upon all the brightly-wrapped presents under the tree. That’s if you care about the latest and greatest in automotive products. Some people don’t, and that’s just fine. Everyone has their priorities. But diving into the subject of this article – the all-new 2011 Infiniti M – the latest iteration of Infiniti’s flagship luxury performance sedan offers a lot that families can love.
Sleek exterior styling
It all starts with the look. The changes are subtle, but dramatically effective. Infiniti says the new M was inspired by the Infiniti Essence Concept. When you compare the 2010 to the 2011, the next-generation Infiniti M just looks more aggressive. That's by design, since M is the automaker's top-of-the-line performance sedan.
Many consumers shopping for a family sedan take numerous factors into consideration – and styling and overall appeal certainly rank right up there. Count the 2011 Infiniti M’s new exterior styling as a winner.
More power and performance
You can’t have a performance sedan, luxury or otherwise, if it doesn’t deliver on the promise. Infiniti M is available in rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) V6 and V8 models. For 2011, Infiniti has amped up M’s performance potential with two advanced powerplants: 330-hp 3.7-liter V-6 in M37 and M37x AWD and 420-hp 5.6-liter aluminum-alloy V8 in M56 and M56x AWD.
Both engines offer more power and better fuel economy than the previous generation engines. In the case of the V6, the previous generation M35’s 3.5-liter delivered 303 horsepower, while the 4.5-liter V8 in last year’s M45 topped out at 325 horsepower. Both M37 and M56 engines feature Infiniti’s variable valve event and lift system (VVEL) and all models are equiped with a standard seven-speed automatic transmission. The M56 engine utilizes direct injection gasoline (DIG) technology.
Fuel economy increases, while slight, are important. M37 gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway, a 1-mpg increase in both city/highway from last year. The M37x AWD achieves 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway, a 1-mpg city and 2-mpg highway increase. M56 numbers are 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway, a 4-mpg city increase. M56x AWD receives 16/23 mpg, increases of 2 mpg and 3 mpg, for city and highway respectively.
Drive Mode Selector, a unique new feature of the 2011 Infiniti M, allows the driver to select from among four driving modes: standard, eco, drive, or snow. Each mode adjusts throttle sensitivity and transmission mapping to optimize performance.
A Sport Package, available on RWD models only, features 4-wheel active steer (4WAS), sport-tuned suspension, sport brakes, and 20-inch wheels and tires.
Safety features galore
Consumers want and demand safety features in a car that’s going to safeguard the family. Infiniti M for 2011 offers numerous advanced safety and security features that more than accommodate these wants and needs.
- Eight standard airbags
- Available intelligent brake assist with forward collision warning and front pre-crash seat belts
- New for 2011, blind spot warning and blind spot intervention systems (available as part of the Technology Package)
- Available lane departure warning and lane departure prevention systems
- Standard advanced vehicle dynamic control with traction control system
- Standard 4-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
- New active trace control system (part of the Technology Package) enhances transition from braking into and then accelerating out of corners